Innovation and Problem-Solving with TRIZ Workshop

This one- to three-day day workshop presents the concepts of TRIZ, the Theory of Inventive Problem-Solving. The workshop covers the the various TRIZ tools and methods and how they can be used to spur innovation and solve tricky engineering problems. It illustrates these tools and techniques with case studies to make TRIZ practical. It covers TRIZ in a systems engineering framework and addresses related concepts such as Axiomatic Design.

1. History and Origins of TRIZ

  • Foundations
  • Levels of Invention
  • Inventive Problems Defined
  • Patterns of Invention
  • Patterns of Evolution

2. The Philosophy behind TRIZ

  • Solving Problems the TRIZ Way
  • A Template for Solving Problems
  • Practical Applications of TRIZ

3. Overview of TRIZ Body of Knowledge

4. The TRIZ Ideation Process

  • Step 1: Define the Problem Using the Systems Approach;
  • Step 2: Explore Ideality and the Ideas Associated with:
    • The Ideal System
    • The Ideal Vision
    • Functional Modelling
    • Local Ideality
  • Step 3: Formulate Tasks and Brainstorm Ideas
    • Techniques for Building Diagrams to Resolve System Conflicts
    • Using the 40 Principles of Innovation and the Contradiction Matrix
    • Applying the 40 Principles of Innovation to Different Fields with Examples
    • Updating the TRIZ Contradiction Matrix
  • Step 4: Develop the Concept by Combining Ideas and Considering Resources to Increase Ideality
    • Readily-Available Resources: resources that can be used: ‘as is’, including:
      • Substance resources
      • Field resources
      • Space resources
      • Time resources
      • Informational resources
      • Functional resources
    • Derived Resources: resources that can be used after undergoing some kind of transformation, including:
      • Derived substance resources
      • Derived field resources
      • Derived time resources
      • Derived functional resources
      • Derived accumulated resources
      • Derived concentrated resources
  • Step 5: Evaluate Results and Address Subsequent Tasks by Formulating Problems Using Suitable Templates
    • The Innovation Situation Questionnaire (ISQ)
    • The Problem Formulation Process
    • Case Study of the Problem Formulation Process
    • Increase Ideality of the System by Applying Patterns / Lines of Evolution

5. Extending Functional Modelling to Enhance Problem Formulation and Resolution

  • Extending System Modeling to Substance-Field Analysis
  • The 76 Substance-Field Standards and Algorithm for Using Them
  • Databases that Catalog Substance-Field Effects
  • Algorithm for Inventive Problem Solving (ARIZ)

6. Digging Deeper: Patterns of Invention with System Operators

  • Universal Operators – exploring recommendations that are potentially applicable to any situation
  • General Operators – exploring recommendations applicable to improving functionality and eliminating undesired effects
  • Specialized Operators – improving specific parameters or features of a product / process
  • Auxiliary Operators – exploring ways to improve the ideality and feasibility of the main recommendations
  • Patterns / Lines of Evolution – exploring recommendations for improving a product/process derived from Lines / Patterns of Evolution

7. TRIZ with Design for Innovation

  • Using TRIZ to Support Innovation & Problem-Solving
  • Systems Engineering: Lexicons, Ontologies and Taxonomies
  • Axiomatic Design for Systematic Problem Decomposition and Resolution
  • Bringing It All Together with Design for Innovation
  • Design for Innovation Case Studies

8. TRIZ Applications, Resources and Tools

  • Systems Thinking with TRIZ
  • Business Model Evolution
  • Design for Environment
  • Design for Humanity
  • Software Tools
    • CREAX Software;
    • Ideation TRIZ Software
    • Invention Machine Software
  • Other TRIZ Tools and Methodologies
  • Free Online TRIZ Resources
  • Workshop Summary
  • Questions and Discussion